Friday Five with Sormeh Azad

Los Angeles-based Sormeh Azad’s career at design/build firm Built Inc. began in 2011 where she started as a design intern. Her immediate immersion into their projects gave her the hands-on skills necessary to move up the ranks to her current position, Creative Director. The Swedish native attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she received her Batchelor’s Degree in Environmental Design with a concentration in Architecture. Her studies sent her to Copenhagen for a semester, which left a lasting impression on her as a designer. That foundation reinforced her love of modern design and continues to this day with her Built Inc. duties which range from branding to identity creation to conceptual design to custom space solutions. From found objects to family, let’s see what keeps this young designer inspired in this week’s Friday Five.


1. Piano
Since the days of little fingers and redesigning of chords for melodies, this intricate object has endlessly inspired me. This particular Piano is a vintage Howard, one I play daily to soothe my soul. It is often out of tune, and the keys get stuck providing a secondary ability for creativity in creation of song.


2. Found Objects
There is nothing quite as transcending as holding an object that precedes your existence. Collecting “antiques” provides an outlet for storytelling, particularly poetry on the 1958 Underwood Typewriter.


3. Delaunay Triangulation
I have always been fascinated by Mathematics, I recall drawing formations and configurations on my first computer via the wonderful program entitled Paint. The more I clicked the more infinite possibilities I unveiled.


4. These Boots
They speak for themselves.


5. Family
All of the above would be nonexistent without my family. They are who I draw all of my passion and true inspiration from. Having provided me with an indescribable foundation and support, words cannot express my gratitude.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.